The can-do spirit of American automotive engineers has been on full display over the past few weeks, as truck manufacturers unveil innovation after innovation to boost the efficiency of heavy trucks that move companies' freight cross-country.
It is crystal clear that we possess— today— the know-how to dramatically cut fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from heavy trucks. Moreover, we can do this while saving consumers hundreds of dollars annually and giving trucking companies the high-quality, affordable equipment they require.
Some of the recently-announced advances include:
- Wabash National unveiled two new trailer add-on products that “when used together, can boost fuel economy 9 percent or more by improving aerodynamics.”
- Dana highlighted a tandem axle that, when combined with an optimized integration, can improve fuel efficiency by a 2 percent.
- Peterbilt introduced its new Model 579 truck that improves fuel efficiency by up to 14 percent.
- Kenworth announced that predictive cruise control was now standard on some models.
All of these fuel-saving solutions are available today thanks to the acumen of engineers at these leading manufacturers. The first round of well-designed federal fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards are also driving innovations like these to the market.
Even so, the strides we are making today should only be the beginning.